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Sound Garden Quintet: June 2

Be sure to stop in at the library next Thursday afternoon for a special performance by the Sound Garden Quintet, the Glen Arbor Arts Center’s first ever musicians-in-residence. This talented wind ensemble aims to break down barriers to classical music by bringing conversation and a community spirit to music-making. We’re pleased to host them as part of their month long residency in the Glen Lake area. Their “pop-up” performance will be fun for music lovers of all ages, and will take place between 2:00 and 4:00 pm.

Ode to Asparagus: June 4, 2:00 pm

We’re thrilled to help celebrate the return of the beloved Empire Asparagus Festival with our own humble contribution, the Ode to Asparagus. Poets young and old are invited to submit their asparagus-inspired poems. All styles are welcome, be it sonnet, haiku, or even limericks. Poems can be emailed to [email protected]; mailed to GLCL, PO Box 325, Empire, MI 49630; or even dropped off at the library itself. Please submit your poems by June 2. Then, come to the festival on Saturday, June 4th, and recite your inspired verse for our assembled poetry fans, at the library at 2:00 pm. We’ll meet in the backyard, weather permitting, or in the Program Room if needed. All submissions will be read, ideally by the poets themselves, with a “Best in Show” for most inspired presentation, as selected by the audience.

Mindfulness 101: June 6, 13, 20 & 27 – 5:00 pm

Join instructor Amy White for this introduction to the basics of the mind-body connection as it relates to our physical, mental and emotional health. Learn about both the science of mindfulness practices, and their many beneficial impacts. We will practice a variety of techniques, including breathwork (pranayama), visualization, progressive muscle relaxation, yoga nidra and gentle movement with breath (yoga).  NOTE: the class will be limited to 12 students. Contact the library to register in advance. Students are encouraged to attend all 4 sessions.

Oceans of Possibilities – Summer Reading: beginning June 23

Learners of all ages are invited to join us this summer, with fun weekly activities for the whole family. Programs will take place on Thursday mornings, at 11:00 am, beginning June 23. The complete summer schedule – featuring art, music, water safety, and more – will be posted shortly. Young readers are also encouraged to sign up for our Kids’ Reading Club, beginning June 13. Participants will earn rewards just by logging their favorite summer reads. Thanks to the Friends of the GL Library and Cherry Republic for their sponsorship!

TALK: Text and Learn for Kindergarten

Here’s a great new resource to support early childhood learning, delivered right to your cell phone. Register via a brief online form, and receive 8 – 10 text messages per month, each outlining a simple activity you can share with your little one. Or, even more simply, just text TALK to 75547. Many thanks to the Ypsilanti District Library and their partners for making this service available to all Michigan residents!

Michigan Notable Books

Each year, the Library of Michigan’s Notable Book list features 20 titles, published during the previous calendar year, which are about or set in Michigan, or written by a Michigan author. Selections include a variety of genres, both fiction and nonfiction, that appeal to many audiences and explore topics and issues close to the hearts of Michigan residents. More than ever, this year’s selections celebrate the diverse voices and experiences that define our state. For more information about Michigan Notable Books, including interviews with Notable authors, click here. Michigan Notables are well-represented in our collection: search “Michigan Notable Books” in our catalog. 

Living Nations, Living Words: Remembering Chiaboos   

This poetry reading exploring Native and Hungarian perspectives was canceled until further notice. For information about the poets, see their websites: Dr. Gordon Henry , Kimberly Blaeser  and Gabor Gyukics. For more information about Native Nations poets, visit Living Nations, Living Words.

Virtual Programs, Winter-Spring 2021: Resources

Tech Tips, with Steve Stanton

How to Get the Most out of Zoom and  How to Get the Most out of your iPhone or iPad.

Dinner with Friends, Abra Berens & special guests

Evan Hanczor, Table of Contents: Changua

Shauna Sever, Midwest Made: Big, Bold Baking from the Heartland: Nebraskan Runzas & Cassata Cake

Abra Berens, Ruffage: Featured recipes. For recordings of Abra’s programs, click here.

Evergreen Organics Michigan: Hemp Horizons

Zoom presentation; websites & reading list.